Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Linefill under way for new Enbridge Clipper line to Superior, Wis.

DULUTH, Minn. – The last weld on Enbridge’s new 1,000-mile Alberta Clipper crude oil pipeline was completed on March 3.
The $1.2 billion Enbridge Energy pipeline has been laid, buried, welded, hydro-tested and inspected. It will start carrying Canadian crude oil from Alberta’s oil sands to Superior in April - months earlier than the company expected when work started.
"We're ready to go. We're hoping to have the line in service by about April 1,'' Enbridge spokeswoman Lorraine Grymala said.
But the big celebration will come, Grymala said, when oil flows through the line.
Most of the 3,000 construction workers, equipment operators and welders who laid the pipeline already have left for home or for their next project.
Six crews from three pipeline construction companies, about 500 workers in each crew, worked on the 326 miles of pipe laid across northern Minnesota roughly parallel to U.S. Highway 2.

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